Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Least Concern

Compact Weaver (Ploceus superciliosus)


French: Tisserin gros-bec German: Augenbrauenweber Spanish: Tejedor piquigrueso

Hyphantornis superciliosus


, 1873,

West Africa


Previously placed in monotypic genus Pachyphantes. Peculiar nest construction shared only with Amblyospiza albifrons, and has been suggested that the two are congeneric. Monotypic.


Highly discontinuous: SW Senegal, coastal Guinea-Bissau, SE Guinea, N Sierra Leone, N Liberia, W & E Ivory Coast, S Ghana E to SW Nigeria (inland to Zaria), C & SE Cameroon, Gabon, Congo, SW Central African Republic, SE Sudan, S & E South Sudan, SW Ethiopia, Uganda, also DRCongo, N & NE Angola, W Rwanda, W Burundi, NW Tanzania (bordering L Victoria) and W Kenya.

Descriptive notes

12 cm; 19–25 g. Medium-sized, short-tailed weaver. Male breeding has forehead rich ochraceous chestnut to level of eyes, forecrown golden-yellow, hindcrown blackish,... read more


Song a series of chirping notes, "cheerr chrray-chrree-chrray chrree-chrray-chrree", sometimes... read more


Tall grassland and grassy savanna when breeding; occurs also in thickets and scattered bush, forest... read more

Food and feeding

Diet consists of grass seeds and arthropods; possibly also some small fruits consumed. Recorded stomach contents included insect fragments... read more


Breeds Aug–Oct in W Africa (from Sierra Leone E to Nigeria), Jan–Feb in Gabon, and Jul–Sept in PRCongo; May–Jun and... read more


Resident; some local movements. Considered resident in Uganda. Non-breeding individuals foraging in... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common, with wide but highly fragmented distribution. Isolated records from various other sites in countries where known to breed, as well as... read more

Recommended citation

Craig, A. (2020). Compact Weaver (Ploceus superciliosus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 17 February 2020).